The licensing Balrog strikes again, taking another two games from the Steam store.
Both LEGO: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are no longer available for purchase on the platform.
This was first spotted by Reddit user SuperMoonky, whose elf eyes spotted the disappearance on January 1.
The most likely explanation is an issue with the license. Despite being charming and solid fun, it’s not like these titles have been WB Games’ most lucrative efforts in recent years. They will most likely be more focused on the Middle Earth: Shadow Of series.
Both games were free on the Humble Store last month, most likely in anticipation of this decision. It’s a shame to see more games drop from sale on digital platforms, which sets a worrying precedent (these titles first launched in 2012/2014.)
This sets an uncertain future for many licensed games. There’s not much you can do beyond making sure you own the games before they drop, or finding a way to secure them on a platform that doesn’t use DRM.